Osaka Japan-based game development company Yuke's Company, Ltd has announced that it has opened its first office in North America, Yuke's Company of America.
The new firm is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yuke's Co., Ltd., and intends to publish games on a number of platforms including the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PSP.
Yuke's is primarily known as a developer of wrestling and racing titles, including THQ's WWE Smackdown
series, the Rumble Roses
series for Konami, and the D1GP Professional Drift
series of racing games. Yuke's is a also major sponsor of Team Orange, a drift racing team, and has a controlling interest in New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co., Ltd.
The news of Yuke's new North American office follows the April announcement
of a long-term, strategic agreement with THQ to develop games based on the WWE wrestling brand, including the upcoming WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007
. THQ holds a minority interest in Yuke's, which has developed wrestling games for the company since 1999.